Health Promot Perspect. 2018;8(2): 92-101.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.12
PMID: 29744304
PMCID: PMC5935823
Scopus ID: 85061188168
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Insights for public education provided by French media on ideas about prostate cancer – A media analysis study

Margareth Santos Zanchetta 1, Marguerite Cognet 2, Mary Rachel Lam-Kin-Teng 1, Marie Elisabeth Dumitriu 1, Carlos Haag 1, Bernard Kadio 3, François Desgrandchamps 4, Lise Rénaud 5*

1 Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
2 Unité de Formation et Recherche Sciences Sociales, Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France
3 Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences- University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
4 Unité de Formation et Recherche Médicine, Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France
5 Faculté de communication, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Email: renaus.lise@uqam.ca


Background: This study explored the French media’s presentation of ideas and medical information about prostate cancer (PC) that may influence men’s understanding, attitudes and behavior. Methods: A qualitative media content analysis centered on PC information delivered by French professional media. The selected data were produced in the aftermath of the High Health Authority's decision in 2008 not to recommend systematic screening by prostate specific antigen(PSA) for men over 50. Source was the Media Archives of the French National Library. Content was analyzed from 15 television programs, 14 radio programs, and 55 articles from 35 popular French newspapers (online and printed, weekly and monthly) and 20 magazines. Audio content was narrated into textual form and submitted to manual coding along with the print content.Results: Television and radio content focused on the nature of PC, screening and treatment,and conveyed a gender-centric position linked to male sexuality and virility. Newspapers and magazines targeted the testing controversy, the lack of consensus among professionals, and scientific advances in screening and treatment.Conclusion: Media participation in the European testing debate is valuable for allowing patients to hear all opinions on PC risk factors. Debate on testing policy contributes to confusion and uncertainty regarding appropriate action.

Citation: Zanchetta MS, Cognet M, Lam-Kin-Teng MR, Dumitriu ME, Haag C, Kadio B, et al. Insights for public education provided by French media on ideas about prostate cancer – A media analysis study. Health Promot Perspect. 2018;8(2):92-101. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.12.
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Submitted: 17 Sep 2017
Revision: 09 Feb 2018
Accepted: 28 Feb 2018
ePublished: 18 Apr 2018
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